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UK: Aldi joins Podback scheme to recycle used hot drink pods

Discount Retail Chain Aldi UK customers will be able to visit the Podback website to either order recycling bags, which can be filled and taken to one of 6,500 Collect-plus drop off points, or register for kerbside collections if they live in a participating local authority area.

The scheme aims to help consumers recycle their used coffee, tea and hot chocolate pods. Podback was launched last year and is said to be the first coffee pod recycling service of its kind in the UK. It was set up by Nestle and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK.

Richard Gorman, plastics and packaging director at Aldi, said: “We’re pleased to be joining Podback on this journey, especially as the first supermarket member.

“It’s important to us that we help customers do the right thing once our hot drink pods have been used, and we look forward to seeing how our partnership with Podback progresses.”

Rick Hindley, executive director at Podback, said: “We are delighted to welcome Aldi as the first supermarket brand member of Podback. This marks a key milestone for the programme and we are looking forward to working with Aldi to promote our service to their customers. We hope other retailers will follow Aldi’s lead and offer their own-brand pod customers the opportunity to recycle through Podback.”

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